IHESJR Works in Progress Series

  • Date February 22, 2024
  • Time 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Location 308 INV Conference Room or virtually

A series sponsored by the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research to learn about our colleagues’ work and provide a space for discussion and feedback.

Please join us on:

Thursday, February 22nd, 2024
12:00 – 1:00 PM EST
at 308 INV Conference Room or virtually
Presenters will be Dr. Annika Marie Schoene and Dr. Jean McGuire

Dr. Annika Marie Schoene is a Research Scientist at the Institute of Experiential Artificial Intelligence (EAI) at Northeastern and a Visiting Scientist at Maine Health. Her current work investigates how social, economic, political and physical factors are driving forces behind health inequalities using AI. More specifically, she focuses on social determinants of mental health using Natural Language Processing (NLP) and their impact on the onset and progression of mental health conditions and suicidal ideation.

Dr. Schoene’s talk is titled “Extracting Social Determinants of Mental Health using Named Entity Recognition.” She will discuss approaches to extracting meaningful information that can be used to inform policy and interventions from textual data using NLP, a sub-discipline of artificial intelligence, to better understand non-clinical factors that drive mental health inequalities.

Dr. Jean McGuire is a Professor of the Practice in the Health Sciences Department at Northeastern University. Dr. McGuire has over 40 years of experience in public health and healthcare advocacy, policy development, and public and private sector management. Her underlying focus is on poverty-related health and human services supports and her arenas of work have included HIV/AIDS, addiction, maternal/child health, and disability and aging.

Dr. McGuire’s discussion, titled “Shifting Power: Interrogating Narratives in Equity-Related Strategies,” will delve into her lifelong interest in the use of narratives in policy construction. Within this talk, she will reflect on its implications in current efforts to develop public health and equity-focused financing, service- delivery, and policy approaches.